The Marin Community Foundation will help oversee a philanthropic effort on multiple sclerosis research, according to Jansssen Research & Development, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which established the fund.
Janssen said it has committed $5.4 million that will go towards a new research sponsorship "to advance the formation of a first-of-its kind networked initiative aimed at uncovering the genetic and biological causes of MS."
Under the sponsorships, the Marin Community Foundation MS Project Fund will create an alliance of public and private research collaborators, according to Janssen, which will enable data sharing and integration of research. The alliance will work to expand and refine the knowledge of MS, while hoping to create new approaches for treatment of the disease.
“We are proud to welcome the MS Project Fund within the Foundation, and we look forward to its scientific success,” said Thomas Peters, Ph.D, chief executive officer of the foundation in Novato.
The foundation has a history of supporting neuroscience research and development, including the establishment of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging as a component of the research facility focused on aging and chronic diseases.
The latest effort to study MS is part of the Healthy Minds initiative started by Janssen in 2011.
“The commitment of new funds under our Healthy Minds program to this research effort in MS builds on the longstanding Janssen tradition of advancing neuroscience research and commitment to innovative collaboration,” said Husseini Manji, M.D., global therapeutic area head for neuroscience at Janssen.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic neurological disorder affecting more than 350,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide, according to Janssen.***
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Dr. Michael Caccavale, an interventional radiologist, has joined Redwood Regional Medical Group in Santa Rosa. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in physiology and public health. He completed his medical degree there, as well. He completed his residency in radiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education in Rochester, Minn., followed by a fellowship in vascular and interventional imaging, also at the Mayo School.
He joins the interventional radiology team of Dr. Gary Shaw and Dr. Ray Conway III at Redwood. Regional.
The medical group, a privately owned physician organization, has six medical campuses with 41 physicians and more than 300 care providers. The multispecialty practice, serves more than 500 patients daily in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino and Lake counties.***
Sutter Medical Foundation announced that board-certified urologist Dr. Kadee Thompson has joined the foundation in Vacaville.
In Solano County, Dr. Thompson is one of only three female urologists; the other two practice exclusively with Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, according to the Sutter foundation. Before she arrived at the foundation in Vacaville, non-Kaiser patients would have to travel to Sacramento or Walnut Creek to find a female urologist, according to the foundation.
Dr. Thompson recently separated from the U.S. Air Force, where she held the rank of major and served as chief of urology at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base. She has also worked through special assignment with the Sacramento VA Medical Center at Mather.***
The Northern California Center for Well-Being said it will offer technical assistance for implementation of Sonoma County’s new smoking ordinance, which will prohibit smoking in multi-unit residences in unincorporated areas of the county.